The recently gazetted Saadani National Park, Tanzania’s first coastal wildlife sanctuary, is located on the Indian Ocean coast some 45km north of Bagamoyo and directly west of Zanzibar. The park contains many indigenous species including Liechtensteins´ hartebeest and the rare Roosevelt sable.
A good population of elephant, buffalo and numerous large groups of hippo and crocodile lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, greater kudu, red duiker, reedbuck, warthog, waterbuck, wildebeest and zebra can also been seen while the bird life is extensive. Bottle nose dolphins are common off the coast of the park; whales pass through the Zanzibar channel in October and November and green turtlesbreed at Madete Beach. Saadan village is one of the oldest communities on the African coast, while the Kaole ruins and historic Bagamoyo are nearby.
Getting there: About 4 hours drive from Dar-es-Salaam or by charter flight from Dar-es-Salaam or Zanzibar.